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- SinglebarrelMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersFoodies+ 2Nov 07, 2013
Wow, what an amazing place to get drinks. Yes they are on the more expensive side, but by golly you get the best bartenders giving you undivided attention with top notch mixing skills.
Friday night was my first time and even at midnight there was an hour along wait! Came in just in time for a drink ( The Bramble was chosen for me) enjoy the ambiance and then last call.
Arrived the following Saturday afternoon just for their gin fizz which is made only from 5-6. Why you ask? 10 mins of hand shaken glory, no machine assist. Poor George, he had to make 2 and needed help getting the gin fizz all frothy and perfect.
Lion tamer was also perfect for me. George is a Gin Genius! Can't wait until when I come back home!Recommended for:
- SinglebarrelMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 5Feb 26, 2014
Hands down, the best craft cocktails made in Downtown San Jose - something the south bay has definitely been lacking. For the cocktails and the welcoming staff, I give them 4 stars. BUT with that said, I have some gripes...
I'm definitely a fan of the speakeasy cocktail lounges, which singlebarrel tries to be. They try to make it cute and fun, and they're dressed up in 20s era garb. I like that the staff (which seem like they're not even old enough to be at a bar, but hats off to them for being so good at their craft) - everyone from the door guy, flapper girl who greets you, bartenders in newsboy hats and suspenders and the hosts who told us that they would "take care of" any creepy douchebags that were bothering us - is all smiles and unpretentious.
However (and I don't mean to sound like a snob here), you've got to be kidding me with the rules! The space below is actually a decent size. It's not like (or on par with) Bourbon & Branch in SF or PDT in NYC. I get that you need reservations at those places because there literally isn't enough room for more than 20 people. But here, the guy at the door will make you wait in line outside, when in fact there's room for at least 50 more people inside. We walked down and it was pretty empty, so it really made you wonder what the hold up was. I'd gladly wait if the place was packed and it was a fire hazard, but there were probably 20 people inside. So, there wasn't a wait for cocktails. They make a Ramos Gin Fizz that is only served from 5-6pm, and it takes 8 minutes to make. So, they don't offer it during the evening because it takes so long to make and they don't want to create a backup at the bar. Noted. But seriously guys, when there is no one waiting behind us, why can't you make the drink?? Again, I'd totally understand if the bar was slammed, but it clearly wasn't. Teardrop in Portland makes the best Ramos Gin Fizz and they don't have a silly one hour window when its made - they just keep it off the menu. I still enjoyed my Bramble, and they also make a great bourbon Sidecar. But I would've loved to try their gin fizz.
Oh, and no gum chewing allowed. Which is fine considering you shouldn't be drinking fine cocktails with gum in your mouth. They have these nice cloth napkins, so that's the main reason.
Phew. Thanks for reading my rant. Now go get a cocktail at singlebarrel!Recommended for:
- SinglebarrelMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesHistory Buffs+ 2Jul 05, 2012
Great place to be. Even better if you get there earlier, smaller crowds. But wait, what am I talking about!? There's always a small crowd! The bouncers do a great job of crowd control. Single Barrel does an excellent job of creating a more intimate experience. Only a set amount of people are allowed in. They also police noise levels. Can you imagine drinking in the Prohibition era and yelling so loud that you would get busted? Additionally, you are shown where to stand at the bar. The bartenders will narrow down what type of drinks would be best for you based on your palate. Do you want more of a citrus based flavor? More sweet or bitter? Spice or no?
Definitely make sure Single Barrel is on your list of DTSJ spots to check out.
- SinglebarrelJul 04, 2012
This is the BEST BEST BEST bar ever!
They barmen are so cute and they make your own drink by your favorite taste.
Yes, you have to bring your own food and no you can not reserve a table. You have to stand in line and if you are going to meet with friends meet at the line...
This place is so cool, I just loved it!
- SinglebarrelMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 7Jul 04, 2012
What's not to like?
1940's theme and the down right hospitable bar personalities to go with them. Those guys are dapper and knowledgeable at the same time. BTW their rumored to be famous gin fizz is only served from 5 to 6pm so watch your watches! They have walls and bottles to make more and more drinks than I could possibly drink though that has and will never stop me from trying. kekekeke And to top it all off, since they dont provide food they let you bring your own...
YOUR OWN FOOD!